What is the Family Self-Sufficiency Program?
The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is an
employment program available to all families receiving Housing
Choice Voucher rental or homeownership assistance.
It is voluntary and designed to assist families in becoming
self-supporting so they will no longer need to rely on public
assistance. This program is available through Integrated Community
Solutions (ICS) and the only requirement is the
desire, willingness and commitment to make a change in your life
and to take the steps necessary to become self-sufficient. Hundreds
of families all over the country are already making better lives
for themselves through this program.
How does the FSS Program work?
The FSS Program is a cooperative program that provides support
and assistance to your family for up to five years. The head
of household enters into an agreement with ICS in which an action
plan is developed that identifies the family's employment
goals. It outlines the activities and services required to
achieve these goals. Regular contact with us is essential and
will provide opportunities to problem-solve obstacles before they
arise. An FSS Coordinator will support you, take an
interest in your future, and will refer you to public agencies and
resources available in Brown County. They will assist you in
achieving your objectives.
By combining housing assistance with a number of other services,
we can assure better coordination and provide the maximum
benefits needed to reach self-sufficiency.
Gradually, as you accomplish increased degrees of
self-sufficiency by working and earning more, your portion of rent
may go up. Another advantage to the FSS Program is that
as this happens, we will establish an escrow account that will be
awarded to you when you've successfully completed your FSS Contract
of Participation. This account automatically saves for you and
could be a boost in reaching any goals or personal endeavors you
may have. You will not have to give up your voucher when the
contract is completed, but hopefully you will no longer
need assistance at that point. You can even join the FSS
Program if you are presently working or are in school. You are
not required to be on any public assistance other than the
Housing Choice Voucher Program in order to qualify.
What kinds of resources are available?
Your FSS Coordinator is knowledgeable about many supportive
services in the community. We will assess your needs and refer
you for the services you need. Some of the services could
include workshops in resume writing, skill building, interviewing
techniques, completing or adding to your education, job
training, job placement, educational programs, career counseling,
physical and mental health clinics, household budgeting,
credit counseling, debt management and consolidation, home
ownership, nutrition, parenting and many other services.
Through collaboration with other providers, we also offer many
opportunities unique to FSS participants such as Life Skills
workshops, a quarterly
newsletter, Women's Retreats, and much more.
What's the catch?
You must be receiving Housing Choice Voucher in order to
participate in the FSS Program. In order to complete the
program, you must meet all the goals and activities you've
established for your family and be free of "welfare" (as defined by
the FSS Program). Another way of completing the program is to
simply increase your household income so that 30% of your
monthly income is greater than the Fair Market Rent for your family
size. This means that if another opportunity presents
itself and leads you to self-sufficiency, the FSS contract can
be considered complete.
What will be required of me?
COMMITMENT!!! You will bring your own unique
talents, skills and strengths to the FSS Program. We will
require you to be determined and committed in completing the
activities listed in your training and services plan. You'll
need to keep in touch with us regarding your progress towards
self-sufficiency. You will be asked to meet with us occasionally in
order to discuss and update your goals and activities. You must
possess motivation and initiative in your quest for economic
Why join the FSS Program?
Joining the program could be the key to your family's
success. It is designed to assist families just like
yours. People join the FSS Program to learn work
skills and improve their ability to get and maintain
employment. Along with the financial incentive is the
feeling of pride when your family is free of all public
assistance. Our Family Self-Sufficiency clients, as a whole,
make impressive progress towards self-support.
FSS is your Key to Success!
If you are currently receiving Housing Choice
Voucher housing assistance and are interested in learning
about joining FSS, please contact an FSS Coordinator.
2605 S. Oneida St. Suite 106
Green Bay, WI 54304 | 920-498-3737